I needed to dye some burlap for my Valentine’s Day Wreath (in red and pink) that I’m working on anyway, so I thought I’d share how I do it with you while I’m at it. Here it goes!
Start with clean, WHITE BURLAP. If it’s already bleached out, it is going to give you a much truer color than it is if you start with the standard light brown/natural color that burlap normally is. It’s the same concept as why your stylist will bleach out your hair before they try to do a different color. Then you cut the burlap down to a few inches larger that you are going to need on all sides. It frays during the dying process so you’ll want to account for that.
Obviously if you want it a lighter color you use less dye and for darker you use more. Also, adjust the time accordingly. I’ve found that 6 caps full will usually get it pretty close to the exact color that is on the bottle of Rit. If you want to do some crazy color, make sure that you consult the Rit Dye chart on their website. They list how much of each color you need to create any color you can think of (I think there are about 500 different color options there). You can find a pdf of that here. This should be a good base to show you what ratio’s of each color to use to create whatever color. If it comes out too dark, rinse it out in HOT water until it lightens up a bit. When you’re happy with the color, rinse in COLD water until the water runs clear.
Hang to dry. *Remember that it’ll be a few shades lighter in color once it is dry* You may want to put a towel down or put your drying rack in the bath tub so that you don’t accidentally dye your carpet if you didn’t quite rinse it well enough. Even if it’s already dried, and you decide it’s too dark, you can still rinse some of the color out of it with HOT water and then just dry it again.